Congratulatory
Congratulatory Con*grat"u*la*to*ry, a. Expressive of sympathetic joy; as, a congratulatory letter. [1913 Webster]

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  • congratulatory — 1520s; see CONGRATULATE (Cf. congratulate) + ORY (Cf. ory) …   Etymology dictionary

  • congratulatory — [[t]kəngræ̱tʃʊle͟ɪtəri, AM lətɔːri[/t]] ADJ A congratulatory message expresses congratulations. He sent Kim a congratulatory letter …   English dictionary

  • congratulatory — adjective expressive of sympathetic pleasure or joy on account of someone s success or good fortune (Freq. 1) a congratulatory telegram the usual congratulatory crowd was conspicuously absent a gratulatory address • Syn: ↑gratulatory • Similar to …   Useful english dictionary

  • congratulatory — /keuhn grach euh leuh tawr ee, tohr ee/ or, often, / graj , keuhng /, adj. expressing or conveying congratulations: a congratulatory telegram. [1515 25; < ML congratulatorius, equiv. to L congratula(ri) (see CONGRATULATE) + torious TORY1] * * * …   Universalium

  • congratulatory — adj. Congratulatory is used with these nouns: ↑letter, ↑pat, ↑telegram …   Collocations dictionary

  • congratulatory — congratulate ► VERB 1) express good wishes or praise at the happiness, success, or good fortune of. 2) (congratulate oneself) think oneself fortunate or clever. DERIVATIVES congratulatory adjective. ORIGIN Latin congratulari, from gratus pleasing …   English terms dictionary

  • congratulatory — adjective see congratulate …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • congratulatory — adjective /kɒŋˌgɹætʃuːˈleɪtəɹiː/ Serving to congratulate …   Wiktionary

  • congratulatory — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. congratuLating, celebratory, flattering, laudatory; see complimentary 1 . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Serving to compliment: acclamatory, approbatory, commendatory, complimentary, laudatory. See PRAISE …   English dictionary for students

  • congratulatory — con|grat|u|la|to|ry [ kən grætʃələ,tɔri ] adjective FORMAL offering congratulations …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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